The Legality Of Marijuana In Canada

Canada is one of the few countries in the world that has decriminalized marijuana.  However, the road to decriminalization was not an easy on for advocates of the herb.  Public opinion polls since 1997 have shown an increasing number of Canadians agreeing with the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. It is now not uncommon to find your local vape shop just around the corner with all the paraphernalia you could want!

Medical Marijuana Legislation

In 2001, Health Canada established a regulation on access to marijuana for medical use.  There were 2 categories of patients who were eligible for this access.  Category 1 covered patients receiving treatment for symptoms related to end-of-life care or those with certain medical conditions including severe epilepsy, severe arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.  Category 2 covered patients who suffered from debilitating symptoms not related to any of the medical conditions covered in Category 1.  

Medical marijuana was only to be provided to patients who could demonstrate the medical need for this herb.  In 2014, the Medical Marijuana Access program was replaced with the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.  Under the new regulations, medical marijuana production was allowed by licensed producers.  This was done to ensure the quality of the marijuana being used by the medical field.  

The definition of medical marijuana was expanded in 2015 by the Supreme Court of Canada.  The new definition included any form of marijuana including brownies, oils and teas.  Medical marijuana is legal in Canada, but there have been raids on some dispensaries in 2016. 

The Decriminalization Bills Of 2003- 2004

In 2003, the Liberal government introduced a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.  Being in possession of 15 grams or less would have resulted in a fine with possession of more being a ticketed offense or criminal charges.  The bill looked likely to be passed, but it died when Parliament prorogues.  The death of the bill was largely attributed to pressure from the American DEA.  

In 2004 an identical bill was introduced by the minority Liberal government.  The law was not passed as the government was defeated during a confidence vote.  After the Conservative victory in 2006, the government did not continue with the legislation. 

The Cannabis Act 2017

A new act was introduced to the Canadian Parliament in 2017 which would legalize marijuana across the country.  The Liberal Part of Canada proposed the legalization in 2012 and it was one of the major points of Justin Trudeau’s campaign to become Prime Minister.  The Cannabis Act was introduced to Parliament by Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada.  

The Act would allow people over the age of 18 to possess 30 grams of marijuana for recreational use.  It allowed each province to place further restrictions on possession, use and sale.  Part of the Act, was a tax revenue projection which stated that the national treasury would gain $675 million each year.  The bill was legalized in 2017 and would see marijuana possession legalized by 2018.  Until this time, it is still considered illegal to possess recreational use marijuana in Canada.

Free Legal Advice on Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day to Answer Consumer Questions

LegalForce Answers announces a lawyer day of service to help answer consumer legal questions for free

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 19, 2009 — LegalForce , the largest community of American lawyers on the Internet, announces a day of service for lawyers across the United States to answer legal questions of Americans for free to commemorate the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. LegalForce is the largest community of American lawyers on the Internet with more than 315,000 American lawyers and legal professionals. Commemorating Barack Obama’s historic inauguration to the United States presidency tomorrow, lawyers across the country have united to volunteer their time to answer questions for free for all Americans through the LegalForce Answers forum.

LegalForce includes a free legal questions-and-answers forum that provides personalized answers to consumers’ specific legal questions. “LegalForce Answers” is the largest legal Q&A website where users can find and vote on the best attorneys in their cities and states – through their LegalForce best lawyer profiles – and the quality of their answer through votes from the community of LegalForce users.
In addition, “LegalForce Answers” lets consumers answer questions so that they can share their own experiences with others who are struggling with similar legal issues.

“We’re pleased to be able to answer questions of any type on a pro-bono volunteer basis today, and help those individuals who cannot afford a lawyer through LegalForce,” comments Jason Smith, a public interest lawyer in New York. Through LegalForce, individuals from all walks of life can their questions answered by registered American lawyers working on a pro-bono basis.

“Consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet to research their legal issues in these trying times.
Bankruptcies, foreclosures, and personal financial issues are on the minds of many Americans. LegalForce Answers
today provides a fast, free and easy way for consumers to get answers to their questions, and at the same time, provides them with even more information and guidance to help them get the advice they need,” said Wendy Weinstein, LegalForce product manager. “LegalForce Answers also lets lawyers who want to do good during this historic election demonstrate their expertise and share some initial guidance with consumers in need.”

The launch of “LegalForce Answers” creates an online community focused exclusively on legal issues where consumers can ask specific, highly detailed questions – even anonymously to protect their privacy – or search a database of questions asked by others on a broad range of legal issues. Users can also be automatically notified when questions or answers are posted on specific topics of interest to them, or when a specific lawyer posts a new answer to any question. Answers can come from both lawyers and non-lawyers.

“LegalForce Answers” is also the only legal Q&A forum that recognizes those lawyers who volunteer their time during this historic time provide helpful answers as judged by the community of LegalForce users. Lawyers can achieve different “levels” based on the quantity and quality of their answers, and that level is displayed together next to each answer they provide, as well as in their LegalForce Profile.

In addition to being able to vote on the quality of an answer and view other people’s votes, consumers can assess the background of every lawyer who provides an answer by reviewing their LegalForce Rating and LegalForce Profile, which includes a lawyer’s professional experience, industry recognition, and client endorsements. To make that easy for the consumer, a link to the lawyer’s LegalForce Profile is displayed beside every answer.

LegalForce Answers is a great forum for consumers to ask questions on bankruptcy, foreclosures, legal disputes, other legal questions for free in these trying times. As Barack Obama takes on the American presidency, lawyers across the world have united to answer questions of consumers for free through LegalForce.

About LegalForce

LegalForce is a lawyer search website that rates and profiles every attorney to help consumers find the right lawyer. In addition to detailed lawyer profiles, the free site includes the LegalForce Rating, outstanding attorneys across every major city and small town in America.
LegalForce gives every attorney a free online profile and an opportunity to give and receive peer endorsements. The website currently includes profiles and ratings on licensed attorneys in all 50 United States. Founded in July 2008, LegalForce is privately held, with angel funding from private investors and venture capitalists in the Bay area.
For more information, visit http://www.legalforce.com.

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